forty creek barrel select

Alc. 40%

Bottle:

brown glass. Ive heard it described as a wine makers whisky bottle. Is it wider on the bottom or top?

 

Nose:

Toffee and syrup with dark sugar and baking spice. There is a definite clean oak mixed with a little camp fire. Cola.

 

Palate:

Dark fruits, wine soaked oak, a little corn and some light pepper. There’s a slight bitterness which seems to match the host of complex flavors. Table syrup and possibly a little pickle from the rye. The barley lets out a little apple orchard and there’s a clean amount of corn and corncob. Cola, dark nut and red wine. The rye lends out its baking spice character and ginger heat. Nice fresh orange zest to clean up the body and bitter pith to clean up.

 

Please note:

Forty creek whiskies are typically well crafted. They are well balanced and carry the right amount of sweet, sour, bitter and spicy. These four elements in perfect unison make a great whisky.

There is a little hint of spirit in this, which makes me think it best suited for an old fashion, or manhattan. Possibly a touch of distilled water, but no ice. Ginger ale drowns out the delicate notes, but at its price point, you don’t have to feel guilty about using this as a mix.

 

Overall score: 87

You will be hard pressed to find a better base offering.

I don’t like to seem like I hype one producer, but I have to be honest here, I have not met a forty creek whisky that I don’t like.